It’s time for my natural skincare favourites. I love doing these round-ups every month so if you find them useful, I’d love it if you let me know in the comments below. After all, I want to bring you posts to help you make informed choices about natural skincare products.
I can’t tell you how pleased I am that January is finished as it was quite a tough month for me. My little boy Maxi hasn’t been sleeping well, waking up crying hysterically, as a result making us even more sleep deprived than before. I missed my family after seeing them at Christmas, while long dark days filled me with much dreaded low mood, undoubtedly made worse by the SAD syndrome which I get in the winter (although a newly-purchased light box is making some difference already!). Then in the last week of January I felt so poorly and run down I had to be signed off work for a week to recuperate. (Then a week later I got tonsillitis so I’m not completely recuperated as clearly my body is telling me to slow down!)
Mental health is such an important aspect of your wellness and beauty. It’s not just about physical wellbeing and looking well on the outside. It’s also about how you feel inside. So while I talk a lot about skincare on my blog, looking after your soul and mind is so crucial too. I think I will need to dedicate some space here to mental wellness at some point in the future.
But going back to skincare because I’ve digressed a little bit – I actually didn’t test too many new products in January. I finally opened my Natural Beauty Box which was patiently waiting in the corner of my bedroom since late November and I’m in the process of finalising a review and a YouTube video, so check back in tomorrow when they go live on the blog.
So here are the natural skincare products that I loved using in January:
Mono Naturoils Rejuvenating Face Oil* (full size 20ml, £46)
I only got a sample of this oil in the Natural Beauty Box (as I said, the review will be up on the blog tomorrow) but oh my goodness – it was love at first sight! If it wasn’t for the hefty price tag, I’d be smothering my face with this beauty right now. But seriously though – this is such a gorgeous blend and I’m convinced it’s the rosehip oil and olive squalane (which resembles our skin’s natural structure) that makes this oil such a winner for my skin. This oil is seriously going on my wish list for my birthday (coming up next Sunday) or alternatively, if this doesn’t give Hubby enough time, then Mother’s Day will do just fine (11 March here in the UK). Hubby, I hope you’re reading this! 🙂
Ingredients (INCI): Argania spinosa Kernel Oil*, Squalane / Olea europaea Fruit Oil, Prunus armeniaca Kernel Oil*, Macadamia ternifolia Seed Oil*, Euterpe oleracea Fruit Oil, Rosa canina Fruit Oil*, Camellia olifera Seed Oil*, Punica granatum Seed Oil*, Borago officianalis Seed Oil*, Hippophae rhamnoides Pulp Extract*, Rosa canina Seed Extract*, Tocopherol (Non-GMO), Rosmarinus officinalis Leaf Extract*, Boswellia neglecta Resin Oil*, Citrus aurantium Flower Oil*, Commiphora myrrha Resin Oil**, Pelargonium graveolens Flower Oil*, Santalum spicata Wood Oil*
Naturally occurring in essential oils – Citronellol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool
*Certified Organic **Wild Harvested
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Inika Certified Organic Pure Primer With Hyaluronic Acid (50ml, £33.00)
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera) Juice*, Glycerin*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Aqua, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Levulinate, Glycerol Monocaprylate, Glycerin, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Cetearyl Glucoside, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Anisate, Lactic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bermagot) Fruit Oil, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Leaf Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil *Certified Organic
I never really used to use a primer before applying foundation but I thought I’d give this one a go as I’m such a huge fan of Inika as a brand but also their Liquid Organic Foundation (click for my review). Overall, I’ve found this primer really helps the foundation stay longer on my skin (which is exactly what its purpose is) but unlike the recommendations on the box, I found I need to apply my foundation straight after the primer – otherwise it doesn’t glide on smoothly and makes the foundation ‘roll off’ my face (even with face oil as my base). One interesting purpose for this primer is to use it before powder foundation to achieve a liquid foundation effect – I don’t use powder foundation but that sounds really intriguing!
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Made by Coopers Vanilla Rose bath salts* (400g, £14.00)
Ingredients: Dead Sea salt, Himalayan salt, Epsom salt, coconut oil, rose buds & petals, vanilla essential oil, ylang ylang essential oil.
These bath salts are simply gorgeous – they smell amazing, look beautiful in the bath and really invigorate not the soul but the muscles too! You honestly gotta have them in your life!
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MOA – Magic Organic Apothecary Fortifying Green Bath Potion* (100ml, £27.50)
Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (peppermint) Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare (fennel) Oil, Laureth-3, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil, Achillea Millefolium (yarrow) Extract, Abies Sibirica (fir needle) Oil, Betula Lenta Bark (sweet birch) Oil, Tocopherol, CI 75810 (chlorophyll).
I used to hate having baths, I really did. First you have to wait for hot water to run, then lie in your own ‘filth’ – it just felt like a lot of faff. That was until I discovered all these beautiful bath products and the art of taking the time to relax – with two kids, I kinda forgot what it’s like. And so now having a bath is one of my favourite things to look forward to after a tiring week of running around and being a working Mum. This bath potion smells of woods and forests thanks to the blend of essential oils (fir needle and sweet birch) which together with peppermint oil make your skin feel literally fresher and reinvigorated. The other oils on the other hand (sunflower and jojoba) moisturise your skin, leaving a very pleasant film on its surface so there’s no need for any moisturisers afterwards! A word of warning – if you feel coldness after getting out of the bath, that’s absolutely normal – it’s all due to those peppermint, fir and birch essential oils!
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Akoma Skincare Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil (10ml, £3.49)
Ingredients: Melaleuca alternifolia
Tea tree essential oil is such a versatile essential oil. Due to its anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-viral properties, you can add it to oils to heal skin infections, acne, eczema, and even cuts and wounds. It’s also wonderful for helping to treat respiratory tract infections, such as colds and flus. Last month our little Maxi was constantly snuffly so we were adding this oil to his bath to create steam inhalations for him. It definitely helped to clear his nose and let him breathe better. I also had a few blemishes and boils so an overnight application with a carrier oil helped to stop the spots from developing more and calming them right down. Remember that essential oils are highly concentrated so never add more than two drops per 5ml of carrier oil. You should also do a patch test for any new essential oils before you use them, as well as check the safety information as some essential oils are not recommended for use when pregnant or breastfeeding.
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Have you used any of these products before? What are your current natural skincare favourites?
Disclaimer: Items marked with an asterisk were sent to me to test, some as part of my involvement in the LoveLula Accredited Bloggers Program. Nevertheless, all views expressed in this post are 100% mine and honest.